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Karel De Gucht

Personal details

  • Belgian
  • Born January 27, 1954 in Overmere, Belgium
  • Married to Mireille Schreurs
  • Two children : Frédéric and Jean-Jacques

Current functions

  • Since February 2010 : European Commissioner for Trade

Political career

  • 2009 - 2010 : European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid
  • 2008 – 2009 : Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
  • 2006 – 2009 : Mayor of Berlare and Chairman of the Municipal Council 1
  • 2004 – 2009 : Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
  • 2007 – 2009 : Minister for International Trade
  • 2003 – 2009 : Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
  • 1999 – 2004 : National President of the VLD (Flemish Liberal and Democratic Party)
  • 1995 – 2003 : Member of the Flemish Parliament
  • 1994 – 1995 : Senator
  • 1989 – 2009 : Municipal Councillor at Berlare 2
  • 1985 – 1988 : National Vice-President of the PVV (Flemish Party for Freedom and Progress)
  • 1983 – 1988 : Alderman responsible for Finance at Lebbeke
  • 1980 – 1994 : Member of the European Parliament
  • 1977 – 1979 : National President of the Young Flemish Liberal Movement
  • Since 1977 : Member of the Bureau of the PVV/VLD political party
  • 1975 – 1977 : National President of the Flemish Association of Liberal Students
  • 1974 – 1975 : President of the Flemish Association of Liberal Students in Brussels

Professional career

  • 1976 – 2001 : Lawyer
  • 1991 – 2009 : Professor in European law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Currently gives several hours of lectures in European law (free of charge) at the VUB

Education

  • 1976 : Law degree, VUB
  • 1971 : Secondary school certificate (Latin-Maths), Koninklijk Atheneum Aalst

Honorary title

  • Minister of State since 2002

Publications

  • Pluche – Over de banalisering van extreem rechts ["Pluche - On the banalisation of the extreme right"], Houtekiet, 2007, 174 p.
  • De toekomst is vrij : over het liberalisme in de 21ste eeuw ["The future is free – On liberalism in the 21st century"], Houtekiet, 2002, 204 p.
  • Het einde der pilaren : een Toscaans gesprek ["The end of religious and philosophical pillars in society – Tuscany conversations"]- with MEP Johan Van Hecke , Houtekiet, 2001, 205 p.
  • Er zijn geen eilanden meer : over de democratie, vrijheid en de mensrechten ["No man is an island - On democracy, liberty and human rights"], - with Dirk Sterckx MEP, Houtekiet, 1999, 159 p.
  • Time and tide wait for no man: the changing European geopolitical landscape, Praeger Publishers, 1991, 256 p

Languages

  • Dutch : mother tongue
  • French and English : excellent
  • Italian : basic knowledge
  • German : basic knowledge

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  1. As a European Commissioner, I am prevented by law from occupying this post, and have thus been replaced by someone else (Flemish Municipal Decree of 15 July 2005).
  2. Idem.